The Power of Advocacy: Leveraging An Unprecedented Opportunity for Education Equity and Justice

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Speaker Name
Denise Forte
Date and Time
Zoom - Registration Required

The pandemic ushered in a time of unprecedented crisis in education, with students experiencing months of interrupted or unfinished learning. Student performance data shows that all students’ learning has been affected, but the impact is far greater for some student populations, particularly students of color and students from low-income backgrounds.

Fortunately, this is also a time of unprecedented opportunity in education. Congress recognized the urgency of this moment to allocate $125 billion to schools through the American Rescue Plan. Effective advocacy—that which involves listening to, learning from, and working alongside students and families—is essential to ensuring that these vital resources both meet the level of need in this moment and help eliminate the systemic inequities in our education system that have been hundreds of years in the making.

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Short Biography
  • Denise Forte is the interim CEO at The Education Trust. With more than two decades of experience in the federal legislative and executive branches advancing progressive education and family policy, Forte brings strategic leadership to the organization’s efforts to engage policymakers and diverse coalitions of advocates in demanding and securing equity-advancing policy change at the national and state levels. Forte graduated from Duke University with a B.S. in computer science and a master’s degree in women’s studies from the George Washington University.
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